The Portuguese dancers Joana Senra and António Ferreira are participating today in the 47th edition of the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland, an international ballet competition that ends on Sunday.
According to the online site of the prize, which began on 03 February, the selection events for the finals – which take place on Saturday – take place today, all day long.
The jury selected a total of 80 dancers – 44 girls and 36 boys – among 363 candidates from 40 countries to participate in this 2019 edition.
Both Portuguese dancers are students of the Dance School of the National Conservatory (EDCN) in Lisbon, from where a third dancer, José Pedro Costa, was selected from among the ten candidates from Portugal.
EDCN source indicated that Jose Pedro Costa ended up giving up the contest, for having suffered an injury.
Among the selected candidates there are also six Brazilian citizens: João Da Silva, Ballet Vórtice, Nathan Fernandes da Fonseca, Studio Arte Dança, Glayson Mendes, Ballet Marcia Sampaio, Vítor Oliveira Pires, Companhia de Danças Clássicas Jolles Salles , Thiago Victor Santana, from the Bolshoi Theater School, all in Brazil, and Gabriel Figueiredo from the John Cranko School in Germany.
This year’s jury will be composed of Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation president Carlos Acosta, Iván Gil-Ortega’s vice president, Julio Bocca, a former principal ballet dancer at the American Ballet Theater, as well as a teacher, Gillian Murphy, American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Madeleine Onne, artistic director of Finnish National Ballet, Garry Trinder, director of the New Zealand School of Dance, Éric Vu-An, artistic director of Ballet Nice Méditerranée, Samuel Wuersten, director of the Holland Dance Festival , and Miyako Yoshida, artistic consultant of the National Ballet Company of Japan.
The Prix de Lausanne, one of the most important awards dedicated to dance, was created in 1973 and is managed by Fondation in Faveur de l’Art Chorégraphique.